Dear uni, you’re too dear

Dubbo Photo News - - 7 days • anal­y­sis of the week’s news -

IF you thought uni de­grees in this for­merly clever coun­try of ours are ex­pen­sive, stop read­ing right now.

It’s in­ter­est­ing that our clever coun­try first be­came clever by hav­ing free ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, and now the peo­ple from the gen­er­a­tion who got those free ed­u­ca­tions are mak­ing the fund­ing de­ci­sions to make de­grees more ex­pen­sive than ever be­fore.

The Aus­tralian Schol­ar­ships Group (ASG) is fore­cast­ing the over­all cost of a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents who rent will jump 29 per cent in the next decade, with a 23 per cent rise for stu­dents who live at home while study­ing.

ASG con­sid­ered a range of vari­ables to de­ter­mine the to­tal es­ti­mated cost of Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar de­grees in­clud­ing course fees, rent, trans­port, food, com­put­ers, study place­ments and ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fright­en­ing stuff when you con­sider that Dubbo has such lim­ited uni cour­ses avail­able that so many young peo­ple have to leave town

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